Systems and Operations Research

Professors in charge: Harri Ehtamo, Ahti Salo, Kai Virtanen
Credits: 41
Abbreviation: OR
Code: SCI3055

Objectives

The goal of the major in Systems and Operations Research is to teach the students modelling methods and practical skills for problem solving and decision making in complex industrial, managerial, economic, and environmental problems. The core is an engineering-economic systems approach, which is based on systems thinking and mathematical modelling. The field of Operations Research (OR) is generally called “the Science of Better”. OR people can work to improve the efficiency of processes or logistics, to optimize the use of limited resources, or to make better decisions under multiple criteria and risks. An important sub-area of OR called Analytics uses OR methods on large data sets to make better data-based decisions. Systems analysis and OR are needed everywhere in the modern society. Modelling and decision support are essential in energy markets and environmental management as well as in understanding the complex dynamics of climate change.

The core topics in the major include optimization, simulation, dynamic systems, decision modelling, statistics, forecasting, risk analysis, as well as hands on laboratory modelling and project case studies on real industrial problems. The major also provides an excellent basis for doctoral studies and many students do continue their studies to a doctoral degree. The graduates in Systems and Operations Research are in high demand in many areas ranging from the financial sector to industry, energy, and environment.

Content and structure

All courses can be taken in the first or second year of studies. The recommended years for the core courses are shown below.

CODE

NAME

CREDITS

PERIOD

YEAR

Mandatory courses (31 cr)

MS-E2112

Multivariate statistical analysis

5

III-IV

1./ 2.

MS-E2133

Systems analysis laboratory II

5

I-II

1.

MS-E2134

Decision making and problem solving

5

IV

1.

MS-E2148

Dynamic optimization 5 III 1.

MS-E2139

or

MS-E2140

Nonlinear programming

 

Linear programming

5

 

5

II

 

I

1./ 2.

 

1.

31E11100

or

31E13000

Microeconomics: pricing

 

Industrial Organization (Micro III)

6

 

6

I

 

III

1./ 2.

 

1./ 2.

Select one seminar:

MS-E2142

Optimointiopin seminaari

5

I-II

1./ 2.

MS-E2177

Operaatiotutkimuksen projektityöseminaari

5

III-IV

1./ 2.

MS-E2191

Graduate seminar on operations research

5

 

1./ 2.

Select one additional MS-E2-course (5 cr). Recommended courses:

MS-E2114

Investment science

5

I-II

 

MS-E2115

Experimental and statistical methods in biological sciences

5

I-II

 

MS-E2117

Riskianalyysi

5

III-IV

 

MS-E2129

Systeemien identifiointi

5

I-II

 

MS-E2130

Matemaattinen malliajattelu

5

I-II

 

MS-E2136

Special topics in decision making

1-6

 

 

MS-E2139

Nonlinear programming

5

II

 

MS-E2140

Linear programming

5

I

 

MS-E2146

Integer programming

5

IV

 

MS-E2152

Peliteoria 

5

I-II

 

MS-E2170

Simulation

5

IV

 

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